The design is inspired from wild fennel growing on the sand dunes in Northern Brittany, France. Fennel has long been a huge source of inspiration to me as I admire the plants strength and vigour but also its elegance and its diversity in culinary uses. Fennel was seen as a symbol of strength in the eighteenth century and symbolic of flattery in Shakespearean plays.
The poem, The Goblet of Life by American Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) is also of great inspiration. One verse reads,
"Above the lowly plants it towers, The fennel, with its yellow flowers, And in an earlier age than ours Was gifted with the wondrous powers, Lost vision to restore. It gave new strength, and fearless mood; And gladiators, fierce and rude, Mingled it in their daily food; And he who battled and subdued, A wreath of fennel wore"
It is green with small amounts of a plumy purple to add depth and contrast on an olive/grey background.